Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with bioactive ingredients purported to have medical benefits. There are no legal requirements to prove that these products live up to their claims. The name is a portmanteau of "cosmetics" and "pharmaceuticals". "Nutricosmetics" are related dietary supplement or food or beverage products with additives that are marketed as having medical benefits that affect appearance.
It is, therefore, not surprising that weight loss has become a very topical subject over the years, not only for the obvious cosmetic reasons but also due to increasing awareness of the health risks to people who are overweight. There have been proven links between people being overweight and the development of conditions such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke as well as some cancers, such as breast and bowel cancer.